What Your Library Has Been Up To ...
One of the most obvious services the library provides is circulating materials. A great number of patrons come to their local branch or visit the website specifically to check out books, videos, music and audiobooks. In 2015, there were 1,830,814 circulations in-house and electronically! Our collections are growing and changing every day as we strive to give our patrons what they want. Find out more about our online services by visiting our virtual branch – we have eBooks, magazines, music, videos, audiobooks – you can get it all without leaving your house.
There is a lot going on in the system besides checking out books. Every month, all branches have a full calendar of programs and activities for children, teens and adults. Staff work hard to find interesting, informative and fun programming for our patrons. To see what is going on in the system or just your local branch, take a look at our online calendar. The number of programs and their attendance just blows me away – 4,575 programs for children and teens with 88,783 attending; 1,764 for adults with 20,272 attending!
All branches offer computer access – whether through the library system’s public PCs or by using our free WiFi. Patrons used the in-house PCs 132,262 times in 2015. Having computer access is very important, especially to patrons who do not have a computer or the internet in their home. Patrons used their own devices to connect to the free WiFi a total of 98,032 times. If you would like to get more familiar with how to use a computer or the various wireless devices, the library offers free classes throughout the system. In 2015, 3,309 people attended 710 classes. If you cannot make it for a class, ask a staff member at your local branch for help. Many times, we can help you right then or make an appointment for one-on-one help at a later date.
And, just in case you believe the hype that Google, Siri, Cortana and Echo can handle everything, library staff members answered 149,767 reference questions in 2015.
As you can see, your library system has been very busy. Thank you to everyone who has visited and participated in 2015 – your dedication pushes us to be our best, to continue to innovate and always look for the best ways we can serve you.
-Andrea at the Hopewell Branch